crankygeeks 207 episode
This is episode 207 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Run time 30:48Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
Google Trafficking Energy, The Future of Open Source, 3D Blu-ray Players, iPhone Video Chat?, and more...
What's new in Episode 207
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editor, GigaOM.com
Chris DiBona, Open Source Program Manager, Google
Andrew Eisner, Director of Community, Retrevo.com
Google Cleared to Buy and Sell Energy
When word came last month that Google had created a subsidiary called "Google Energy," which was looking to buy and sell electricity on federally regulated wholesale markets, the Internet and energy industries alike were confounded. Now the company has approval. What is behind this?
Do 3D Blu-ray Players Have A Future?
Just when you thought it was safe to buy a Blu-ray player along comes 3D. So now what do you do, wait for a 3D Blu-ray player? Andrew Eisner has been following the devices at Retrevo.
Google Continues to Make Changes to Buzz
Google continues to make changes to its new social networking service Buzz, even as a major privacy organization--EPIC--is calling for an FTC investigation. Many users are trying Buzz. Some like it, some don't. Can Google get Buzz's privacy practices in line?
Is Video Chat Coming to the iPhone?
One of the more popular requests for the iPhone is video chat and conferencing. Coders perusing SDKs have discovered some juicy specific references that allude to the possibility of video support for future iPhones and iPads. Will this arrive, and can carriers handle it?
What's Behind the Skype/Verizon Hookup?
Skype and Verizon announced a partnership that would embed the Internet calling service on Verizon's smartphones. It's hard to tell if the deal is exclusive, but could VoIP calling on mobile phones be a big threat to carriers and others?
John C. Dvorak